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WordPress Celebrates Its 11th Birthday (wptavern.com) 27th of May marks 11 years since the very first official public release of WordPress. Reading through that changelog will make you smile and realize how far the software has come since the early days when its main competitors were Textpattern and Movable Type.
WordPress at the Risk of First Impressions (tommcfarlin.com) The more time anyone spends with WordPress and all associated products, the more likely they are to also pick up on all of the commentary – both good, bad, and neutral – that surrounds the core application. But if you’re a developer who is just getting into WordPress then we think that a significant portion of your first impression has to do with your experience on the first product that you use.
How to Reduce the Bounce Rate of your WordPress Site (wplift.com) In this post we will take a look at some tried and tested ways to help increase the number pages each visitor to your website views during their visit. We will also cover how you can reduce the number of visitors who leave your website almost instantly, without interacting with it in any way.
WordPress Glossary Plugins: Unsexy but Super Useful (premium.wpmudev.org) Some sites seem to positively cry out for a glossary (i.e. a mini dictionary). And yet those that have them are few and far between.
If your site might be ripe for a glossary, then you’ll probably be interested in the five we have reviewed below.
Also, be sure to check out the overall reviews at the end.
JSON REST API Slated For WordPress 4.1 Release (wptavern.com) WordPress core contributors came to a consensus today during the development meeting regarding the immediate future of the JSON REST API project. Ryan McCue and his team released version 1.0 over the weekend and have been pushing hard for it to be ready for the upcoming 4.0 release.
Are WordPress Themes a Commodity? (chriswallace.net) There are a growing number of WordPress minds drawing the conclusion that the WordPress theme market has reached commodification. Chris explains why this has happened and how WordPress themers can create a sustainable business with WordPress themes.
WordPress Users: Avoid the Theme Lock-In Effect (churchthemes.com) WordPress lets you switch themes with a few clicks so things should work smoothly. But that’s only the case if your theme was developed following WordPress standards in order to avoid the lock-in effect. We feel this explanation is necessary because there are still many themes built without consideration for your ability to switch in the future.
Approaches to Designing Your Website or Blog (www.cre8d-design.com) There are thousands of free generic themes, paid generic themes, theme frameworks and designers who will customize a generic theme or design a tailor-made theme. It can be hard to know where to start looking as there is no one central repository for themes. This article gives you great insights on possible starting points.
Taxonomy Archives: List Posts by Post Type (code.tutsplus.com) This tutorial is shows you how to separate out posts in your archives, but it uses a different structure and a different template file. What I'll show you how to do here is to create an archive template for a taxonomy which lists posts by post type.
Optimizing Google Fonts in Themes (wptheming.com) There are a number of methods to load Google fonts in a WordPress theme, but some are more efficient than others. Google has a post about optimizing the use of the Font API, we'd thought we’d summarize this as it applies to WordPress themes.
A More Accessible WordPress (wpbacon.com) Because WordPress powers more than 20% of the web, it seems like the perfect place to start pushing for a more accessible web. If you build client sites or WordPress themes, this is an episode you need to pay particular attention. In some countries, laws which require accessibility to be implemented are even starting to be passed.
Episode #34 – Thomas Griffin (www.wpelevation.com) In this episode of the WP Elevation podcast Thomas Griffin, the man behind Soliloquy Slider and Optin Monster shares with us how important networking is, whether you are a consultant selling website services or a WordPress product company.